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CruiseOne® Certified As A World-Class Franchise By The Franchise Research Institute »

January 27, 2015 at 11:38AM PST | Source: CruiseOne

January 27, 2015 // // Lincoln, Neb. – CruiseOne®, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, has received World-Class Franchise® certification from the Franchise Research Institute® for 2015.
The recognition comes after an independent survey conducted by the Franchise Research Institute. The survey was designed to determine the level of franchisee satisfaction within the CruiseOne franchise system.
"One of the most important means of creating and maintaining a truly successful franchise system is to meet or exceed the expectations of its franchisees," says Jeff Johnson, founder and CEO of the Franchise Research Institute. "A key step in this process is to obtain open, honest feedback from franchisees through confidential, third-party research...

IHG To Launch Holiday Inn Express & Suites Near Bangkok General Hospital »

January 27, 2015 at 10:43AM PST | Source: Holiday Inn Express

January 27, 2015 // // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel groups, has signed a management agreement with Prime Living Soonvijai Co. Ltd, to develop Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bangkok Soi Soonvijai in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 200-room property will offer guests comfort and convenience at a great price with a mix of rooms and suites designed to create a homely residential environment to meet the needs of travellers staying for an extended period of time.
Slated for completion in 2018, the hotel will be adjacent to Bangkok General Hospital's flagship medical facility – ideal for travellers looking for fuss-free accommodation close to the hospital. Soi Soonvijai, which connects to Bangkok's major roads, also provides convenient access to the main city centre and Central Business District (CBD)...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens First Hotel In Richland »

January 27, 2015 at 8:14AM PST | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Property Features Scenic Views of the Columbia River with Other Value-Added Amenities
RICHLAND, Wash. and MCLEAN, Va. - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced today the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Richland.
The four-story hotel, owned by Hotel Investors Richland, LLC, is the sixth Homewood Suites property in the state and features 115 suites. Erica Lewis, general manager, and Julia Thomas, director of sales, have been in the hotel industry for a combined 10 years.
"At Homewood Suites Richland, guests will enjoy our Tuscan-inspired clubhouse and scenic views of the Columbia River, in addition to comfortable suites, complimentary Wi-Fi and daily breakfast," said Erica Lewis, general manager...

Hyatt Introduces Hyatt Centric »

January 27, 2015 at 5:35AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

New, Full Service Lifestyle Brand to Serve Business and Leisure Travelers in Key Cities Around the World
January 27, 2015 // // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today introduced Hyatt Centric, a new, full service lifestyle brand designed for business and leisure travelers. The launch marks the sixth brand Hyatt has introduced since 2006, and offers Hyatt the opportunity to again set the standard by using its distinctive approach to empathetic engagement with guests leading to innovation.
The Hyatt Centric name was inspired by the brand's mission of putting its guest at the center of the action in the best destinations. True to its promise, more than 15 Hyatt Centric locations, comprised of open and previously announced hotels, will debut this summer in the heart of some of the world's most popular cities, including New York, Paris, Atlanta, Chicago and Miami...

Hyatt Announces Plans For First Andaz Hotel In Canada »

January 27, 2015 at 4:36AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market Expected to Open in 2016
January 27, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management contract with Claridge Homes for an Andaz hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. When Andaz Ottawa Byward Market opens in mid-2016, it will become the first Andaz-branded hotel in Canada as well as the city's first hotel under Hyatt's brand portfolio. Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will join Andaz hotels currently located in world-class cities including London, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
The 200-room Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will be located at 325 Dalhousie Street in Ottawa's famed Byward Market neighborhood. The neighborhood is surrounded by more than two dozen embassies and consulates and is located immediately east of Ottawa's commercial office core, a short walk from Parliament Hill, and just north of the University of Ottawa campus...

IHG® And Carr City Centers Announce Plan To Develop A New InterContinental® Hotel In Southwest Washington, D.C. »

January 26, 2015 at 12:02PM PST | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

Carr Hospitality Expands its IHG Hotel Portfolio with Landmark Property
January 26, 2015 // // ATLANTA and WASHINGTON, D.C. – IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, and Carr City Centers announce a new InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts property in Washington, D.C. The 278-room new build hotel will be part of The Wharf, a world-class, mixed-use waterfront development located on the historic Washington Channel. IHG, Carr and Clark Enterprises partnered together to form a joint venture with Wharf Master Developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront to develop and own the InterContinental.
The new InterContinental hotel will complement the iconic Willard InterContinental Washington D...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence In Germany's Capital With Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade »

January 26, 2015 at 5:48AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

The World-Renowned Sheraton Brand Debuts in Berlin with 394-room Hotel
BERLIN - January 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it is expanding its footprint in Germany with the signing of the Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade. The franchise agreement with Esplanade Operation GmbH, a subsidiary of Host Hotels & Resorts' European joint venture, marks the conversion of the existing Grand Hotel Esplanade to a Sheraton hotel. The hotel continues to be operated by EVENT Hotel Group, which also holds a minority interest in the property.
"We look forward to partnering with Esplanade Operation GmbH on this major conversion as we launch our iconic Sheraton brand in a vibrant metropolis such as Berlin...

Value Place Reports Fourth Quarter And Full-Year 2014 Results »

January 23, 2015 at 9:06AM PST | Source: Value Place

Full-year Company revenue increases by 50.9 percent & fourth quarter system-wide same-store RevPAR increases by 14.3 percent
WICHITA, Kan. - January 23, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the nation's fastest growing extended-stay hotel brand, today released its fourth quarter and full-year 2014 results.
Fourth Quarter 2014 Highlights:

The Company's revenue increased by 23.9 percent to $28.4 million as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013
Royalty revenue increased by 17.5 percent as compared to fourth quarter in 2013
System-wide hotel room revenue was $56.9 million, an increase of 17.6 percent over fourth quarter of 2013
Same-store system-wide hotel room revenue per available room (RevPAR) rose 14...

Le Meridien Debuts In Ohio With The Opening Of Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph »

January 23, 2015 at 7:26AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Columbus' First Art Hotel Opens in the Thriving Short North Arts District, Featuring Exclusive Works from the World Renowned Pizzuti Collection and a Specially Commissioned Portfolio of Ohio Art
COLUMBUS, Ohio - January 23, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph. The highly anticipated new hotel opens in Downtown Columbus at 620 North High Street, in the vibrant Short North Arts District. Owned and developed by The Pizzuti Companies and managed by Wischermann Partners, the new 10 story hotel has been designed by renowned Miami-based firm Arquitectonica to complement the unique historical aesthetic of Columbus' Short North neighborhood...

Starwood Hotels Accelerates Growth In North America »

January 23, 2015 at 5:08AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Company to Surpass 600th Hotel Milestone in North America in 2015 Following 23 Openings and 64 Signings in 2014
STAMFORD, Conn. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it expects another year of accelerated growth in North America, where it will surpass the 600th hotel milestone in the next two months. The company's growth is being driven by the rapid expansion of its Specialty Select Brands, the continued growth of its Upper Upscale brands and increased demand for luxury hotel offerings. In 2014, Starwood opened 23 new hotels and signed 64 new hotel deals in North America, a 23% signings increase over the previous year and the most deals signed in one year since before the global economic crisis...

Hospitality International, Inc. Welcomes Scottish Inns And Suites White Settlement Texas »

January 23, 2015 at 4:44AM PST | Source: Scottish Inns

Tucker, GA - January 9th 2015 - Hospitality International Inc. is pleased to welcome the Scottish Inns and Suites White Settlement, Texas to the Hospitality International franchise system.
Scottish Inns and Suites White Settlement Texas is conveniently located to the downtown Fort Worth area. Each of the 47 tastefully appointed guest rooms come equipped with standard amenities that are sure to please even the most discerning traveler. All rooms offer a refrigerator, microwave, cable TV, high speed internet access, hairdryer, iron, ironing board and free parking.
Scottish Ins and Suites is minutes away from fine dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. The Fort Worth Stockyards, National Historic District, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Christian University, the Fort Worth International Airport, and Six Flags Over Texas are a few of the many popular attractions and landmarks just a short drive from the hotel...

Expedia, Inc. To Webcast Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Results On February 5, 2015 »

January 23, 2015 at 4:04AM PST | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) will report its fourth quarter and full year results for the period ended December 31, 2014 on Thursday, February 5, 2015 via an earnings release and accompanying webcast. Both items will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's corporate website at The earnings release will post after market close and the webcast will begin at 1:30 PM Pacific Time / 4:30 PM Eastern Time. A replay of the call is expected to be available for at least three months.
About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) is one of the world's largest travel companies, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes leading online travel brands, such as:


Value Place Opens New Hotel In Urbancrest, Ohio »

January 22, 2015 at 8:18AM PST | Source: Value Place

Value Place to expand presence in Ohio with 13th hotel
January 22, 2015 // // Urbancrest, OH - Value Place, the nation’s fastest-growing extended-stay hotel brand, has announced the grand opening of a newly-constructed hotel in Urbancrest, Ohio. Value Place has partnered with VP Columbus LLC to open the new hotel on January 22nd. This newest opening increases the brand’s hotel count in Ohio to 13, with locations in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, among others.
The hotel is located on 3205 Centerpoint Drive, only a small distance from Ohio’s capital and near two international airports. The location will provide an affordable lodging option with convenient access to the various opportunities and amenities that Columbus and the surrounding region have to offer...

AvenueWest Fulfills High Demand For Corporate Housing In Northern Colorado »

January 22, 2015 at 6:44AM PST | Source: AvenueWest

FT. COLLINS, Colo. - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Ft. Collins business owners, Deb and Todd Salek, mark the one-year anniversary of their corporate housing franchise, AvenueWest Northern Colorado, with positive cash flow and more than 50 corporate rental properties in its core inventory.
AvenueWest provides property management services to owners of furnished properties offered for rent, and brings those properties to individuals and companies searching for corporate housing, such as traveling business executives.
Since becoming AvenueWest franchise owners, the Saleks have been on a mission to help people in Ft. Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor and surrounding communities in Northern Colorado with their ever-growing corporate housing needs...

RLHC Forms Joint Venture, Refinances Debt To Accelerate Execution Of National Growth Strategy »

January 22, 2015 at 5:07AM PST | Source: Red Lion Hotels

JV Will Convert Three of 12 Hotels to New Hotel RL Brand
SPOKANE, Wash. - Jan. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Officials at RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE:RLH) announced today that the company has completed a comprehensive transaction to accelerate the execution of its national growth strategy. Key components include selling a 45 percent ownership stake in 12 hotels wholly owned by RLHC to a joint venture and concurrently refinancing all of the company's secured debt. Three of the hotels will be renovated and converted to the recently announced lifestyle, three-star Hotel RL brand. The remaining nine Red Lion Hotels and Red Lion Inn & Suites will also undergo comprehensive renovations. All 12 hotels will continue to be managed by RLHC's wholly owned subsidiary, Red Lion Hotels Management, Inc...

CruiseOne® And Cruises Inc.® Experience Double-Digit Sales And Recruitment Increases In 2014 »

January 22, 2015 at 4:39AM PST | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based cruise agencies attribute achievements to new technology, training, marketing and support tools.
January 22, 2015 // // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - World Travel Holdings, the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, announces that 2014 was a successful year of growth and innovation for its home-based division, comprised of CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® From opening its 900th franchise location and shattering new Cruises Inc. unit openings year over year to obtaining a new company leader and winning prestigious awards such as being named a Top Private Company in Florida by Florida Trend and South Florida Business Journal and Top Company for People on the Move by Sun Sentinel, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc...

DoubleTree By Hilton Expands Presence In Jacksonville »

January 21, 2015 at 10:20AM PST | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Airport Opens Following Multi-Million Dollar Transformation
January 21, 2015 // // JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Airport, conveniently located just 200 yards from the main terminal of Jacksonville International Airport. Formerly an independent hotel, the property reopens to guests following a dramatic multi-million dollar renovation that includes modern design updates throughout the lobby, guest rooms, meeting spaces and restaurant. DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Airport is owned by Jax Airport Hotel, LLC and managed by Pyramid Hotel Group.
"As one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the upscale, full service hotel category, expanding our offering in key business and leisure markets like Jacksonville is a priority for DoubleTree by Hilton," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton...

IHG Signs First Hotel In South Korea's Second Largest City »

January 21, 2015 at 8:32AM PST | Source: Holiday Inn

January 21, 2015 // // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with SiLee Ltd to develop the 268-room Holiday Inn Busan Seomyun in South Korea's second largest city of Busan.
Situated in Seomyun, the city's central business district (CBD) and a short drive from the International Airport, business travellers will enjoy the hotel's close proximity to Busan International Finance Center (BFIC) and Busan City Hall. The hotel's short walking distance to the Bujeon subway station – directly linked to the KTX Train Station which connects to Seoul's Incheon International Airport – also makes it an ideal option for guests looking to travel from Busan to Seoul during their stay...

Sixt Continues To Push Expansion In The USA »

January 21, 2015 at 6:52AM PST | Source: Sixt

New station opened in Detroit, more stations planned in other cities such as Dallas, Boston, and Philadelphia
Number of locations almost doubled to 50 over the course of 2014
Sixt wins Expedia and customer satisfaction survey

January 21, 2015 // // Munich / Fort Lauderdale – Sixt, Germany's biggest car rental company, is continuing to push its expansion in North America. The international mobility provider now has a station at Detroit Metro Airport offering its customers a comprehensive range of premium services and a broad spectrum of well appointed vehicles including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Cadillac. One of the Detroit station's major target groups will be the American automobile industry which is based there...

Wyndham Hotels And Resorts Offers Travelers A Chance At A Dream Vacation »

January 21, 2015 at 4:56AM PST | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

January 21, 2015 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, the upscale, full-service hotel brand located in key business and vacation destinations, is offering travelers the chance to win the ultimate vacation: a seven-night stay at any Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property around the world, 100,000 United MileagePlus® award miles towards airfare and $1,000 cash.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Do Not Disturb SweepstakesNow through March 13, 2015, travelers can visit
and submit a sweepstakes entry form for a chance to win one of eight weekly prizes consisting of 25,000 MileagePlus miles and one grand prize outfitting a week-long vacation. Upon entering, travelers are invited to create and share online their own ‘Do Not Disturb’ door tag with family and friends, detailing what they would rather be doing if they were on their dream vacation...

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